Nigerian police consider homosexuality charges against 42 men

Nigerian police are considering charges against 42 men arrested in Lagos on account of their alleged homosexuality, the latest example of the country’s tough stance against the gay community. Penalties range from 10 to 14 years in jail and although no one has yet been charged under the law it has stoked fear in Nigeria’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. In 2014, former president Goodluck Jonathan signed the same-sex marriage prohibition bill, forbidding marriage, same-sex cohabitation and any public show of same-sex amorous relationship. On Saturday, dozens were arrested when police raided a hotel in the Owode-Onirin district of northern Lagos. The 42 men remain in custody.